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Seattle Art Museum

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Address: 1300 1st Avenue, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2902
Phone Number: 12066543100
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This post-modern structure houses an impressive and eclectic collection.
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I entered primarily to view the Native American exhibits. Great. But surprisingly was astounded by Australian Aboriginal art and its beauty! Also lots of great American paintings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Wonderful building-- arrangement of galleries and open space. Really displays art well. It has an impressive selection. We gravitated to the regional displays --northwestern art. IMPRESSIVE> The BEST thing about it was the 1+ hour tour we took with a docent. (Sat at noon, I think). It was probably the best docent-led tour we have ever experienced (and we do... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I entered primarily to view the Native American exhibits. Great. But surprisingly was astounded by Australian Aboriginal art and its beauty! Also lots of great American paintings. A true pleasure to discover this museum in the heart of Seattle.

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Shoreline
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Seattle isn't a big or old city, so we don't have the range of museums you find in New York or London. Given the kind of city we are, you'd think, "Yeah, but I bet the museums you've got are great." Unfortunately, SAM kind of blows that idea up in no time flat. The collection is ehhhhh and the location... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Even though I come from Washington DC where we have lots of art museums, this museum is a real gem. It's a pay-what-you can venue, except if you want to see the special/featured exhibit--which is extra. I'd been here once before, probably 12 or so years ago, and fondly remembered it, so while in Seattle on business, I wanted to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Contemporary art at its finest. Didn't really like the section dedicated to French art, as I didn't find it to be very much in line with the rest of the Museum, but other than that it was a wonderful way of spending a couple of hours.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Good collection of African art with some surprising European and other classics found throughout. The Art Museum has a wonderful restaurant in Taste and a great gift shop for some art pieces, the Pollock is my favorite. Go on the first Thursday of the month for free admission.

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Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Every time we visit a new city, we try to sample something of the fine art and culture. Seattle's art museum was small but high quality. Most of the galleries were located on two floors. The variety of the artifacts was astonishing. We saw relics from ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and even a few from the Etruscan Period. All were... More 

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Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Don't take me wrong: I really love going to museums. But visiting big museums such as The Louvre or The MET can be a bit tiresome. You can't really appreciate all the wonderful works of art in one day. The collection at Seattle Art Museum is smaller and yet representative of different periods and schools. Totally worth it.

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Limassol, Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

this museum got modern and traditional are in a good balance. good thing about it was, that the modern part is actually art and worth seeing. we enjoyed it for about an hour.

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Calhoun, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Often excellent, but always very good, SAM has an excellent permanent collection, including local Native American and Asian pieces, as well as a wide inventory of modern, American art, including paintings by Jackson Pollack, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenburg, Roy Litchenstein, and more. There are sculptures by exceptional artists, including Debora Butterfield and others. SAM is home to some... More 

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